Lone Star Shawl

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“You can drive all day and still be in Texas.” From the Piney Woods in the east to the mountains in the west, the desert, plains, hill country, and ocean, there’s a lot to see in Texas. This pattern started for me with a curiosity as to whether I could make a five pointed star as a center for a shawl and continued on from there inspired by the different landscapes I’ve lived in and passed through in my home state.

I don’t think I’m going to be able to get the charts up on the website for this one. I may at some point in the future. But the whole pattern is written out here, either way.

Gauge: 8 stitches and 10 rows over 2 inches square in stockinette before blocking
blocked to a diameter of 56 inches

Yarn: 1200 yards, fingering weight

Key:

k g knit

p h purl

yo j yarn over

m1 ; bar increase – make one by knitting into the front of a stitch, leaving it on the needle while knitting into the back of the same stitch

k2tog c knit two stitches together

ssk x slip two stitches knitwise onto the right needle, slip the left needle through the other side of the stitches and then knit the stitches together

sl1, k2tog, psso v slip one stitch knitwise, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over

* slip the last stitch from the previous round to use as the first stitch of the sl1, k2tog, psso at the beginning of the next round

a Blank squares in the chart are place holders that aren’t part of the pattern.

+ The increases are not spaced evenly throughout the pattern, so it might be difficult to add diameter just by doing more repeats. But if you want to try, you could probably get away with adding an 8 row repeat just after row 58. Start with repeating row 27 and then knit around repeating this pattern: sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3. You could also probably repeat rows 78 through 93 before going on to row 94.

Blue squares just mark the beginning of repetitions on the chart.

Cast on: 10 stitches in the round. Repeat instructions for each round all the way to its end.

Chart 1:
1 join and knit around
2 m1 for each stitch using bar increases
3 and all unmarked odd rounds following… knit around
4 m1, k2, m1
6 m1, k4, m1
8 m1, k6, m1
10 m1, k8, m1
12 m1, k10, m1
14 m1, k12, m1
16 m1, k14, m1
18 m1, k16, m1
20 k1, yo, k19, yo
22 (k1,yo) 2 times, ssk, k15, k2tog, yo, k1, yo
24 k1, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k13, k2tog, yo, k3, yo
26 k1, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k11, k2tog, yo, k5, yo
27 knit around to last stitch, slip last stitch – this slipped stitch is now the first slipped stitch in the next round
28 sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k1, yo, ssk, k9, k2tog, yo, k2, (yo, k1)2 times, k2
29 repeat 27
30 sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k3, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k4, (yo, k1)2 times, k2
31 repeat 27
32 sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k5, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k6, (yo, k1)2 times, k2
33 repeat 27
34 sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k7, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k8, (yo, k1)2 times, k2
36 k1, yo, k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k4, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k5, (yo, k1)2 times, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo
38 k1, yo, k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k6, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k7, (yo, k1)2 times, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo
40 (k1, yo, k3, s1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo)4 times
42 repeat 40
43 repeat 27

44 sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k8, (yo, k1)2 times, k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k2
45 repeat 27
46 sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k10, (yo, k1)2 times, k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k2
47 repeat 27
48 sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k2, ssk, k3, k2tog, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, (yo, k1)2 times, k2
49 repeat 27
50 repeat 48
52 (k1, yo, k3, s1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo)2 times, k1, yo, k3, yo, (k1, yo, k3, s1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo)2 times
54 (k1, yo, k3, s1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo)2 times, k1, yo, k5, yo, (k1, yo, k3, s1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo)2 times
56 (k1, yo, k3, s1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo)2 times, k1, yo, k7, yo, (k1, yo, k3, s1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo)2 times
58 (k1, yo, k3, s1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo)2 times, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, (k1, yo, k3, s1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo)2 times
+

Chart 2:
60 k1, yo, k9, yo
61-63 knit around
64 k4, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3
66 k3, k2tog, (yo, k1)3 times, yo, ssk, k2
68 k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1
70 k1, k2tog, (yo, k1)3 times, ssk, k1, k2tog, (k1, yo)3 times, ssk
71 repeat 27
72 sl1, k2tog, psso, (yo, k1)3 times, ssk, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2tog, (k1, yo)3 times
75 purl
77 purl

Chart 3:
78 (k1, yo)3 times, (ssk)3 times, k1, (k2tog)3 times, (yo, k1)2 times, yo
79 knit
80-89 repeat 78-79 five times
91 purl
93 purl
+
94-103 repeat 78-79 five times
104 (k1, yo)2 times, k15, (yo, k1)2 times, yo

Chart 4:
107 k1, yo, k1, ssk, k8
108 k2, yo, k1, ssk, k7
109 k3, yo, k1, ssk, k6
110 k4, yo, k1, ssk, k5
111 k5, k2tog, k1, yo, k4
112 k4, k2tog, k1, yo, k5
113 k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k6
114 k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k7
115 k9, k2tog, k1, yo
116 k8, k2tog, k1, yo, k1
117 k7, k2tog, k1, yo, k2
118 k6, k2tog, k1, yo, k3
119 k5, yo, k1, ssk, k4
120 k6, yo, k1, ssk, k3
121 k7, yo, k1, ssk, k2
122 k8, yo, k1, ssk, k1
125 (yo, k2tog) repeat to end of round
126 knit

Bind off: Insert crochet hook knit-wise into first stitch, and wrap yarn around hook as if to knit. Pull yarn through the stitch. Work the next stitch the same way, so you have two stitches on the hook. Wrap and pull yarn through both stitches. Continue working the next stitch from left needle and then pulling the loop through both stitches that leaves on the hook. At the end, break yarn and pull it all the way through the last loop.

You are welcome to distribute this pattern and use the ideas included and gift or sell whatever you make from it. But if you distribute it, please do so as a whole, with attribution and this info included. Thanks!

Creative Commons License
This work by Suzanne Lander is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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